Tunisair opts for Trent 700s on new A330s

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Tunisair has selected Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines for its three Airbus A330-200s, complementing the Trent XWBs on the carrier's planned A350s.

The Arab carrier ordered the A330s and three A350-800s as part of a broader fleet-modernisation agreement in 2008.

It did not disclose an engine selection for the A330s at the time. The A350 is only available with the XWB powerplant.

Rolls-Royce states today that it has secured the A330 contract and says the order for the Trent 700s is worth $200 million at catalogue prices.

The deal includes a long-term service contract.

Tunisair is to use the A330s to replace its Airbus A300-600s from 2012 and use the new twin-jets to operate routes to North America.